Masala Cut Mirchi ~ Street Food

>>  Saturday, March 5, 2011

As I mentioned yesterday, I got to know about the different dishes that hubby dear enjoyed during his childhood days in one of our discussions last week. As in a true sense of pursuit of happiness, I wanted to recreate the magic of our childhood and see if we can capture that essence again. Of course when I probed him further to ask if it tasted same, he disappointed me saying that it was so long that he no longer remembers the taste. I reminded him of Ratatouille. It was one of the finest movies we watched, especially with a food backdrop.
Whenever he says I should make like what my Amma makes or like Athamma makes, he reminds me that as Anton remembers his mom's cooking, the dish should bring in the same effect. So I told him this ought to remind him of his childhood. He replied back saying Vankaya Pappu has that effect and nothing else. Well that's bad as he had to eat this, but when he did he said he tasted great.

Of course I didn't give this to Konda, but imagine my nephew and nieces eating this with great enjoyment. They love Cut mirchis and with the masala no doubt!

The Mirapakaya Bajjis are made the regular way, only when it is almost done, it is removed, cut into smaller bites, and put back into hot oil to fry it more crispier.

Then once it is done, there are two ways to do it. Either you sauté the finely chopped onions in a pan, add coriander, spice powder along with the cut mirchis. Saute well and serve.

The other way is to add the onions and coriander raw with the masala sprinkled on top with lemon squeezed. This is typically served in a paper cone that is so famous of the roadside eatery shops.

Required Ingredients.

Prepared Mirapakaya Bajji - 5
Lime Juice
Onions - 1
Coriander Leaves
Masala powder  - 2 tsp

Masala powder (Pappula podi) - Roasted fried gram, Red Chili powder, Garlic and Salt to taste

Cut the Mirapakaya Bajji into small pieces.

Heat Oil in a kadai, deep fry the bajjis till they are little brown.
Heat a pan with oil, saute the onions, add the hot cut mirchis, sprinkle the spice powder, salt and coriander leaves.
Just before serving sprinkle lime juice on the cut mirchi.
Serve with onions.

Imagine for a moment you got a coin on yourself, you rush down the road towards the cart that serves these spicy bajjis. With great excitement you extend your hand towards the vendor, who looks nonchalant at you. He carries on his task silently, takes the bowl that had almost cooked cut mirchis, puts them back into hot oil, tosses them for a moment, to be removed back to the bowl. He has the other stuff all chopped ahead, from which he quickly scoops out with hand and hurriedly puts on the top of the hot mirchis, sprinkles the spice masala, coriander leaves, finally to squeeze a lime over it. Out comes a paper that is rapidly tuned as a cone, takes a heap of the masala cut mirchi and puts into the cone for you. You sit back to enjoy a bite of the spicy cut mirchi, with tears threatening to roll down, fumes gushing out from ears, you still continue to enjoy every mouth, that simply still takes you to heaven! I don't know this for sure, but this is how hubby dear conveyed his experience as a kid.

Sending this to Kid's Delight,- hosted this month by Champa themed on Restaurant Recreations.

Check out the bloggers doing the Marathon along with me..

Group 1
30 Minutes Meals: Gayathri Anand
Baked Goods: Monika,
For On Going Events: Gayathri Kumar, Usha  
Kids Friendly: PJ, Savitha, Smitha, Veena Aravind 
Rice Varieties: Champa, Divya, Padma

Group 2
30 Minutes Meals:Priya Mahadavan, Pavani,
Seven Days of Salad: lla

For Ongoing 7 Events: Priya Suresh, Harini Suma Gandlur,

Kids Friendly: Vatsala, Jay, Kamalika,

Seven Days of Rice: Veena Krishnakumar, Priya Vaasu, Padma Rekha,

Divya Vikram,


Champa March 5, 2011 at 6:39 AM  

This is something I had no idea about.

harini-jaya March 5, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

My husband is a great fan of mirchi bajji and cut mirchi alike..he talks about a street vendor during his childhood and about all the bajjis he used to devour!!

Harika's Kitchen March 5, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

Yummy have them with a cup of tea and when it is rainy awesome.

Sonia March 5, 2011 at 8:31 AM  

A great way to have mirchis. We love to have it and will surely try ur version of the recipe !

Gayathri Kumar March 5, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Completely new to me. Looks so yumm..

Vatsala. March 5, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Its new to me too.
Show and Tell

savitha ramesh March 5, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Very new to me and love the idea sililar to chilli chicken.

Divya.M March 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

this is completely a new recipe...not heard of it....should try out...ur pic is tempting me....i love such food.....

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal March 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

Hey, that is a new dish for me and looks superb as well :)

jayasree March 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM  

A totally new dish...I'm drooling here. And reading the last para I had to literally control myself not to rush to the kitchen and make it for myself immediately..

Paaka Shaale March 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM  


PJ March 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM  

You are getting meaner day by day..How can u keep tempting us with such awesome and new street food.Am drooling here...

veena krishnakumar March 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

I just showed my daughter this and she just wants it today. Goodness valli the kids love ur blog:-) me too:-)

rekhas kitchen March 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM  

wow cut mirchi mouthwatering Valli

Suman Singh March 5, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

This sounds new to me but looks wonderful and delicious!

ila March 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

I have tasted this already....ur plate looks Very tempting and inviting:)

SravsCulinaryConcepts March 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM  

So tempting and mouth watering !!
First time here...glad to follow u !!

Gayathri Anand March 6, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

wow wow Valli great recipes...I am drooling here ..looks so yummy

Saras March 6, 2011 at 2:57 AM  

kalakuringa Valli, cut mirchi looks delicious & inviting..

Cooks March 6, 2011 at 4:02 AM  

Valli, Can I come over for some tea time snacks at your place???? plzzzzzzzzzz.. Your chaat dishes are too tempting for both adults & kids too.

Plateful March 6, 2011 at 4:34 AM  

Omg that looks mouthwatering!

Padma March 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

Tempting mirchis - perfect with a cup of hot tea in the evening.

Prathibha March 6, 2011 at 11:42 AM  

This one is really a favorite to our family...I have really fond memories associated with this...I add a bit of ajwain to the masala powder which makes it special,remaining all same..I dont even saute the onions,the raw onion taste better for me..:)

Usha March 6, 2011 at 10:46 PM  

Nostalgia! Reminds me of my collage days... used to cut lot of mirchi at the bandi outside my collage..

Smitha March 7, 2011 at 6:12 AM  

since we get very big mirchi here...i end up making this most of the time.....and always enjoy it!....looks so yum!

Smitha's Spicy Flavors

divya March 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

Omg that looks mouthwatering!

Suma Gandlur March 8, 2011 at 3:44 AM  

This is one of the sandwiches we love. You have been posting my husband's favorite dishes in this marathon. LOL.

Anonymous August 29, 2015 at 1:02 AM  

Lovely recipe...did u get this recipe from a street vendor..the special masala powder looks so authentic.

Srivalli August 29, 2015 at 9:48 AM  

Anon The masala is from my MIL, who is native of this place where this is done and she has observed how it is made.

Anonymous August 30, 2015 at 12:35 AM  

Tried it n was yummy.Thanks for the wonderful recipe.Your mil observed the masala powder recipe from the vendor is it? Too good it is.

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